Toyota, Renesas Electronics among 12 Japan firms to partner on high-performance auto chips

National Business Wire (Dec 28) -- Toyota Motor Corp. announced on Thursday that it will cooperate with 11 other Japanese firms, including Honda Motor Co., Ltd. and Renesas Electronics Corp., to develop high-performance automotive chips.

The statement showed that 12 Japanese companies, including automakers, electrical component makers and semiconductor companies, have formed an organisation called the Advanced SoC Research for Automotive (ASRA) to jointly research and develop high-performance semiconductors for use in automobiles.

The companies participating in ASRA are Toyota, Subaru Corp., Nissan Motor Corp., Mazda Motor Corp., Honda, Denso Corp., Panasonic Automotive Systems Co., Ltd., Socionext Inc., Renesas Electronics, Synopsys Japan, Mirise Technologies Corp., a semiconductor joint venture between Toyota and Denso, and U.S. computational software company Cadence Design Systems Inc.'s Japan unit.

ASRA plans to develop System on Chips (SoCs) for automobiles using chiplet technology and combining different semiconductor types.

The organisation aims to establish in-vehicle chiplet technology by 2028 and install SoCs in mass-produced cars from 2030.

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